Since the space race began, generations of Americans have been captivated by the idea of outer space. Science fiction fantasies have filled the pop-culture long before space travel was feasible. With a new era dawning for NASA and privatized space companies our imaginations are again becoming flooded with new images of exploration.

At the start of the manned space age all astronauts were pilots from a military background and they brought the tradition of military shoulder patches with them to the space program. Since then it has become tradition for every mission to have an official patch design.

With a historic milestones being reached everyday there has never been a better time to celebrate the history and future of space travel. We're inviting artists and designers to create a new collection of mission patch designs for your favorite past, present and future missions to help engage a mainstream audience in the excitement of extending humanity’s reach beyond Earth.

A partnership with SpaceHorizons, an innovative non profit that promotes interest in STEM education for minority and female students in underserved communities.

Your Design Should:

  • Illustrate any single past, present or future mission by any Government or Space Agency (see list below below)
  • Prominently include the mission name
  • Less prominently include any notable information like Destination, Date(s), Organizations (Optional)
  • Be a shape with 0-10 sides (circle to decagon) on a solid color background
  • Be a square 18" by 18" RGB image at a resolution of 300dpi (5400 by 5400 pixels) that is a JPG or PNG
  • Use up to 4 colors
  • Work well small (down to 3”, patch size)
  • Include at least 2" of safe space from the edge of the canvas.
  • Optional: Include an apparel file that is layered or includes a transparent background (AI, PSD, PNG, TIFF) (Be sure to outline any fonts used)

Your Design Shouldn’t:

  • Include urls or logos of Space agencies (small artist signatures are fine)
  • Include the names of Astronauts
  • Use copyrighted images or images that don't belong to you. All images you use should be your own, or available under a creative commons or other similar license.

Click here to view the Sample Mission List

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